River Valley

Wed
28
Apr

Kee Post Prom prizewinners ...

Kee High School’s Post Prom was held Sunday, April 25 from midnight until 4 a.m. Guests played table games and other activities using play money. The raffle and silent auction prize packages were also very popular. Special entertainment was provided by hypnotist David Wright from Wand Entertainment.

Everyone attending was given an opportunity to guess the number of candies in a jar and William Schulte (pictured above) won $100 for guessing closest to the correct number. Door prizes were awarded throughout the evening and everyone drew a number to win a prize package at the end of the event.

A special drawing was also held, and the Kee senior grand prize (32” TV) was won by Macy Manning (at left below). The Kee junior grand prize (32” TV) was won by McKinley Sisson (center below) and the Guest grand prize (Echo Dot) was won by Jaylyn Walleser (at right below). Submitted photos.
 

Wed
21
Apr

Spring Migration Day Hike ...

The annual Spring Migration Day Hike at Sugar Creek Bluff Natural Area will be held Saturday, May 8 at 8 a.m. This is the first of the “Linked to the Land” hikes sponsored by the Mississippi Valley Conservancy and hosted by the Ferryville Tourism Council as well. Several changes are needed this year for everyone’s safety. First of all, the hike is limited to 36 participants. Registration is required and can be done at www.mississippivalleyconservancy.org. Masks are also required for the safety of everyone. The group will meet at the trailhead, not at the Ferryville Village Hall as in years past.

Wed
21
Apr

FOP9 Mississippi River Clean-Up is this Saturday

Friends of Pool 9 (FOP9) will be hosting its Pool 9 Mississippi River Clean-Up Saturday, April 24 from 8 a.m. to 12 Noon. There will be no mass meetings of individuals at the Lansing VFW building or elsewhere, as in year’s past, and there will not be a lunch following the clean-up. All volunteers are required to sign the 2021 Friends of Pool 9 Release of Liability form before participating in the event.

Wed
21
Apr

Lansing City Council hears tree maintenance plan for City Parks, hires more Summer Rec help

by Alexis Johnson

The regular meeting of the Lansing City Council was held Monday, April 19 at Lansing City Hall. Discussion centered around the consent agenda, citizens action, Streets report and Parks report.

Citizens action consisted of Tom Burke’s tree maintenance plan for trees in City of Lansing parks. He is interested in cleaning up some surrounding trees as well as planting some other trees such as the previous tree at the ball field that was taken down a couple years ago. A motion was made and seconded to approve Tom Burke’s plan for City Park trees. The council also reviewed and considered Resolution #953, which deals with Andrew Burke’s proposed real estate subdivision plot.

Wed
14
Apr

Volunteers encouraged to contact site coordinators early for Friends of Pool 9 Mississippi River Pool 9 Clean-Up April 24

Friends of Pool 9 (FOP9) will be hosting its Pool 9 Mississippi River Clean-Up Saturday, April 24 from 8 a.m. to 12 Noon. There will be no mass meetings of individuals at the Lansing VFW building or elsewhere, as in year’s past, and there will not be a lunch following the clean-up. All volunteers are required to sign the 2021 Friends of Pool 9 Release of Liability form before participating in the event.

Wed
14
Apr

Final week for public to provide input into City of Lansing’s revision of City Code

The City of Lansing is requesting citizen participation in its upcoming Municipal Code Revision. City officials are working with Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission in conducting an overall update to the Lansing City Code to bring it more in line with modern day City operations and situations in order to provide greater clarity.

Those who have suggestions for updates to the City Code are asked to submit their proposals - in writing only -  via one of the following three ways: by email at lansingcodeupdate@gmail.com, by mail to Lansing City Hall, P.O. Box 307, Lansing, IA 52151, or by leaving them in the drop-box located outside the Lansing City Hall location at 201 John Street in Lansing. Proposals will be taken until April 16.
 

Wed
14
Apr

Upper Iowa Audubon Society Bird Walk May 1 at Yellow River State Forest

Upper Iowa Audubon Society is organizing a bird walk at Yellow River State Forest Saturday, May 1, starting at 9 a.m. The two-hour walk will begin at the main entrance to the Forest, approximately three miles off Hwy 76 on County Road B25/State Forest Road near Harpers Ferry.

There are several trail options depending on physical limitations and interests, including combination trails with ponds and some marsh areas. Participants can anticipate possibly seeing Cerulean Warblers, Red-shouldered Hawks and many other uncommon or migrating species. Yellow River State Forest is also home to an eagle’s nest and Iowa’s only fire tower.

After the walk, those who are interested will continue to Lansing for a sack lunch at the Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center, scheduled at noon. At 1 p.m. a caravan of birders will leave the Center to look at Peregrine Falcon nest sites near Lansing and stop at other locations where birds are easy to see.

Wed
07
Apr

Friends of Pool 9 making plans for Mississippi River Pool 9 Clean-Up April 24


FOP9 River Clean-Up scheduled for April 24 ... Debris surrounds and overflows a dumpster located at Black Hawk Park, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during a previous Friends of Pool 9 river clean-up. After a two-year absence due to river conditions and the COVID-19 pandemic, the clean-up event is slated to return this year, scheduled for Saturday, April 24. Submitted photo.

At their March board meeting, the Friends of Pool 9 (FOP9) Directors voted to organize a Pool 9 Mississippi River clean-up for this year, and scheduled it for Saturday, April 24.

There will be no mass meetings of individuals at the Lansing VFW building or elsewhere, as in year’s past, and there will not be a lunch following the clean-up. All volunteers are required to sign the 2021 Friends of Pool 9 Release of Liability form before participating in the event.

“While the need exists to clean our beloved Mississippi River Pool 9, we need to remember the present COVID virus restrictions and limit the scope of the event,” FOP9 leaders shared.

Wed
07
Apr

IDALS seeking public comment on proposed Gypsy Moth Aerial Treatments scheduled for June in Allamakee and Clayton Counties


Between Lansing and New Albin ... The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) is planning an aerial treatment process to combat the spread of the invasive gypsy moth in the two areas between Lansing and New Albin outlined in red in the above map image. IDALS is taking public comment on the proposed June treatment until Thursday, April 15. Submitted image.

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS), and program partners, are proposing aerial treatments in Allamakee and Clayton Counties to slow the spread of the invasive gypsy moth. The proposed gypsy moth mating disruptant would be applied in late June by aerial fly-over methods.

In Allamakee County, the proposed treatment sites include two rural areas around Black Hawk Point and Lansing Wildlife Management areas totaling 5,018 acres between Lansing and New Albin along Highway 26. In Clayton County, treatments will focus on a 590-acre site including Marquette and the surrounding rural area. Trapping data has identified these spots where gypsy moth populations are starting to grow.

Wed
07
Apr

Lansing City Council approves Park & Rec summer hirings; Hydrant flushing set to begin

by Alexis Johnson

The Lansing City Council met in regular session Monday, April 5. The meeting’s consent agenda consisted of council meeting minutes from March 15, payment of claims, Parks Board minutes from April 1, 2021 and a liquor license for TJ Hunter’s Tiki Bar. A motion was made and seconded to approve the consent agenda with minimal discussion by the council.

The council reviewed and approved a building permit with variance for 140 North Third Street. Consideration was also given to a long-term Elm Street levee lot lease with Jesse Weymiller. The council also reviewed and approved a resolution supporting Main Street Lansing submitting an Iowa Rural Innovation grant that would assist in restoring businesses throughout Lansing by helping replace bricks, replacing windows, painting, etc. Approval was given to Maryann Baldwin submitting an Iowa Rural Innovation grant.

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